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4.09.2012

Review: A Touch of Greek by Tina Folsom

A Touch of Greek (Out of Olympus #1) by Tina Folsom
Paranormal Romance, Mythology
Paperback $9.49 (230 pages)
Ebook $4.99

Romantic Comedy about Greek Gods
Selfish and gorgeous Greek God Triton is cast out of Olympus after seducing Zeus' mistress and can only gain reentry if he finds a woman who loves him for his kindness and selflessness, not his beauty. When the mortal Sophia - recovering from an eye operation and virtually blind - needs a home healthcare worker, he takes on the role, hoping she will be his ticket home. While defending Sophia from an unknown adversary, Triton's protective instinct emerges. At the same time rival Gods do everything to doom him to failure. And even if Triton can win Sophia's love, will he throw it away to return home, or will he lose his own heart to the only woman who truly sees him?
A Touch of Greek is the first book in the humorous paranormal romance series Out of Olympus following the romantic adventures of four Gods: Triton, Dionysus, Eros, and Hermes.
Author Site: tinawritesromance.com

A Fresh, Funny Twist of Myth and Romance (4 stars)

No one ever accused the Greek pantheon of being full of humble, selfless dieties... but Triton is certainly one of the worst in this regard. Seducing women, be they free for his favors or the wives of other Gods, and stroking his own ego through it is his favorite pastime. But getting busy with the wrong God's mistress will land him in some hot water he's not likely to get out of. Through the machinations of his fellow Gods, Triton finds himself stripped of his powers and banished to Earth until he can get a mortal woman to fall in love with him for his selflessness and not his good looks. Easier said than done since he's ridiculously handsome.

When a failed attempt to woo Sophia leaves him with something to prove he sets out to win her only to discover an accident has left her nearly blind. With her greedy cousin attempting to weasel his way at the family fortune she's trying to use wisely in opening a bed and breakfast and no sight to work with what she needs is a home healthcare worker. Using this as his chance to get in her good graces Triton sets out to win her heart but Sophia's heart isn't the only one softening.

I hate comparing self published works with those who've gone the traditional route but when they're good you can't help but want to praise them for it. Folsom has done a brilliant job with this first entry in her Out of Olympus series. I love mythologies getting fresh fictional treatment and A TOUCH OF GREEK is a really fun one. Nice little bits of humor and highly steamy love scenes are sure to win fans. Personally, I found Triton really unlikable even after his 'transformation' from egomaniac to nice guy.

While it's a light paranormal romance and not unenjoyable I do have to point out that there were a few things I found lacked an organic feel. I don't want to share spoilers but one thing in particular had me going 'seriously?!?' and wondering if I was the only reader who had to reread the page multiple times to see if I missed something. I tend to get that when it feels like the author forced the conflict resolution instead of letting it happen in a more natural (and potentionally drawn-out) fashion. It wasn't a book killer, it just bothered me as a reader.

Overall, I think A TOUCH OF GREEK was funny, fresh and ultimately a really enjoyable romance in spite of it's flaws. Folsom's writing is terrific and I'm excited to dive into the other titles of hers I've picked up. If you're in the mood for some fun within the Greek pantheon and a light romance this is an excellent choice!




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Notes: Purchased by me. Read for the Mythological Romance Reading Challenge.

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